Consumers & EMS: Reviewing the First Links in EMS Delivery

Updated: Aug 13


Recognizing our emergency medical technicians during this National EMS Week gives the Rio Grande Valley an opportunity to review delivery options for this piece of critical emergency services to our residents.

Nationally, not all programs are housed in public fire departments. There are more than two dozen EMS delivery options from purely public or private operations; regional or local service areas; volunteer or professional EMTs; or combinations thereof. Which one, or ones, are best for Valley cities?

Public or Private: Is one Better?

Like any rational consumers, we want the best service at the lowest cost. So is this best done by the public or private sector? Both are capa